Friday, 30 October 2020
Thursday, 29 October 2020
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Monday, 26 October 2020
Today is my last full day at the Van.
I am busy packing up virtually everything, just leaving myself enough food for my tea and one of everything I might need ... plate, cup, glass, knife, fork, spoon etc. As I go round picking up the bits and pieces that are left and stuffing them in my usual haphazard way into bags I am giving the Van a really good clean ready for it going up for sale on Wednesday. When it appears on the company website I'll share a link so you can see how it looks.
Alan was an amazing help over the weekend, he came through in our Mitsubishi truck with a few things from home for me. My double bed and it's bedding, my little green 'alien' storage box, a large plastic box of kitchen items that I had packed up when I was last back in Wales, my clothes rail and a few other bits and pieces that have disappeared into the flat.
Saturday, 24 October 2020
Friday, 23 October 2020
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
It's beginning to take shape.
I'm pleased I get to use my favourite curtains in here, I originally wanted them for my bedroom but they are much too long for the positioning of the curtain poles in there so the living room has been honoured with them instead. I think the one curtain at each window look is just about passable, it doesn't annoy me anyway which is all that I ask for. Unfortunately I can't have one at each end as that annoying little gas meter cupboard is there and I really don't want to pin up or shorten the curtains as they will be moving with me again.
Here's a little Spot the Difference for you.
It's easy ... there are only two additions. 😄
I put four bags of food into the cupboards after hanging the curtains yesterday. They absorbed it all very well ... if they are still on the wall with all that weight I will add some more today 😆
Now it's time to load up the car with todays move-ables.
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Monday, 19 October 2020
I picked up the keys on Friday, well the single front door key and a key that I cannot find any use for whatsoever.
I had to check the inventory sent to us by the letting agents so Friday was all about familiarising myself with the flat with Alan's help, and then phoning around to have the services, gas, electricity and water put into my name with payment methods arranged.
I had been told by the letting agent that the person who had been in to do the inventory could not find the electric meter ... anywhere! They had phoned the owner of the flat who seemingly has only owned it for two months and is not familiar with it at all and she didn't know where it was ... what!!
The owner then got in touch with the person that she had bought it off who explained it was in the front door next to the flat's door, which it turns out leads to the two upstairs flats and is a little communal hallway with the electricity meter cupboard. She found what she thought was the key to it and dropped it off at the agents. It was not the key to the communal door it was another front door key to my flat, so we still had no access to the meter. I took a deep breath and buzzed one of the upstairs flats and a lovely chap called Brian came down and let us in. We managed to read the meter after a lot of faff, we had never seen one like it and it was different from the other two in the cupboard. Seemingly it's one of the earlier Smart Meters. Brian then kindly lent me his hallway key to go and get a new one cut for myself.
Now this should have been a two minute job as the little Timpson's franchise is just across the road from the flat, so off I trotted leaving Alan pottering in the flat, only to see a note on the shop door ... 'Closed Until Thursday Due to Illness'. Gosh this was turning into a farce and a half.
I popped in the discount shop near the flat and asked a lady stacking shelves there if there was anywhere else in town that could cut keys and she directed me to the Car Care shop right at the opposite end of the High Street. So off I trot ... only to be stopped in my tracks at the Hospice Shop window. There in prominent position was an almost new two seater sofa for £95.
Temporarily forgetting all about keys and the cutting of, I went in asked if I could sit on it, yep, lovely and comfy and promptly paid for and arranged delivery of the sofa for the next day. Back to business and I went up the road got a key cut and got back to Alan at the flat half an hour later.
Fate works in mysterious ways ... I wouldn't have passed the Hospice shop if it hadn't been for not having the right key and if the Timpson's shop had been open.
Now before I set off for the flat to take delivery of my fridge and washing machine and to hang my curtains, how about a little guided tour of the flat, all photos taken from the letting agents advert.
And the smaller one, which I think will be the one that I will use as I quite like the idea of having just a bed and two bedside tables in the room that I sleep in.
And a reminder of the overall floor plan.
I will take my camera and take some more photos for posterity. I do like a good before and after and I need to get a few shots to send to the letting agent and owner as previous occupants have left a large burn mark on the worktop cleverly hidden by what appeared to be a stuck down marble board and the oven is an absolute disgrace.